Maya Perez and Barbara Morgan

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Joining us this week are Maya Perez and Barbara Morgan, editors of On Story―The Golden Ages of Television (University of Texas Press, October 3, 2018), the third book of the Austin Film Festival series.

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Maya Perez is a writer and producer. She and Barbara Morgan are co-editors of  On Story – The Golden Ages of Television (October 2018), as well as the previous  On Story books, – On Story — Screenwriters and Filmmakers on Their Iconic Films (2016), and On Story —Screenwriters and Their Craft (2013), all from University of Texas Press.

Maya Perez produces the television series Austin Film Festival’s On Story, currently in its seventh season on PBS, which won a Lone Star EMMY Award® for Best Arts/Entertainment Program in 2014 and was nominated for an EMMY Award® in 2016.

Maya Perez also teaches screenwriting at The University of Texas at Austin. A passionate member of the arts and education community, she serves on boards and committees for several organizations, including Austin Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, Sundance Institute, Texas Book Festival, and Vassar College.

Barbara Morgan co-founded the Austin Film Festival in 1993 and has served as the sole executive director since 1999. She developed and produces the TV/radio/radio series Austin Film Festival’s On Story, currently airing on PBS stations nationally as well as on Public Radio International. She is the co-editor, with Maya Perez, of the three volumes of On Story, most recently, On Story – The Golden Ages of Television (October 3, 2018).

Barbara Morgan serves on the Board of Directors for a number of organizations, including International Film Festival Summit and The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University.

As a filmmaker, she developed and produced the film Natural Selection, which has aired on Showtime, the Sci-fi channel, and was released internationally. She also co-produced the feature documentary Antone’s: Home of the Blues, also released internationally.

Barbara Morgan also produced the documentary feature, Portrait of Wally(2012), and the narrative feature Spring Eddy (2012). In 2010, she produced a reading of Bud Shrake’s play “A Friend of Carlos Monson” with director Jeff Nichols.

ABOUT On Story―The Golden Ages of Television (University of Texas Press, October 3, 2018) by Austin Film Festival, Editd by  Maya Perez and Barbara Morgan,  with foreward by Noah Hawley

Award-winning television creators and writers discuss the evolution of TV storytelling in these lively conversations from the acclaimed PBS series On Story.

 “On Story is film school in a box, a lifetime’s worth of filmmaking knowledge squeezed into half-hour packages.”
—Kenneth Turan, film critic for the Los Angeles Times

Austin Film Festival (AFF) is the first organization to focus on writers’ creative contributions to film and television. Its annual Film Festival and Conference offers screenings, panels, workshops, and roundtable discussions that help new writers and filmmakers connect with mentors and gain advice and insight from masters, as well as reinvigorate veterans with new ideas. To extend the Festival’s reach, AFF produces On Story, a television series currently airing on PBS-affiliated stations and streaming online that presents high-caliber artists talking candidly and provocatively about the art and craft of screenwriting and filmmaking, often using examples from their own work.

On Story—The Golden Ages of Television explores the transformation of television’s narrative content over the past several decades through interviews with some of TV’s best creators and writers, including Garry Shandling (The Larry Sanders Show), Carl Reiner (The Dick Van Dyke Show), Issa Rae (Insecure), Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad), Greg Daniels (The Office), Paula Pell (Saturday Night Live), Noah Hawley (Fargo), Liz Meriwether (New Girl), David Chase (The Sopranos), Alan Yang (Master of None), Marta Kauffman (Friends), Jenji Kohan (Orange Is the New Black), and many more. Their insights, behind-the-scenes looks at the creative process, production tales, responses to audiences’ reactions, and observations on how both TV narratives and the industry have changed make this book ideal for TV lovers, pop culture fans, students taking screenwriting courses, and filmmakers and writers seeking information and inspiration.—University of Texas Press